Hello my lovelies, welcome to Travel Thursday ! Last week we strolled the streets of sunny Philadelphia and this week our journey continues and takes us to the famous Battlefields of Gettysburg… Join me on my US road-trip and explore some of the wonders and highlights we encountered along the way, through my lens !
The rather quaint little town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where the famous 1863 two-day-battle of the same name was fought during the American Civil War, was one of my absolute must-see places to visit during our time in the States a few months back ! Of course it would have have been a shame for an American History major and self-professed history buff like myself to miss it !! 😉
We took the kids on a tour of the battlefields on a bright sunny day and when we passed some of the 1,320 monuments, 410 cannon, 148 historic buildings and 2 observation towers, spread out over an area of roughly 41 miles (66 km) of avenues, roads and lanes, it was just chilling to the bone to imagine the sheer craziness, force and tragedy of the Battle of Gettyburg…
I stood at the top of a hill and looked down over the nose of a canon at one of the former battlefields, now covered with lush greens, soft grass and flowers and for a moment time stood still and history was alive. It might perhaps sound a bit crazy but in moments like these I can feel the ties to the past all around me and history becomes this living thing instead of something of the past… This is the way history should always be taught (if possible) – right where it happened instead of just through history books ! Nick, my little world traveler, was deeply touched and impressed by it all and fired a million questions at the lovely old gentlemen donning authentic Civil War uniforms and luckily they were more than happy to oblige him !
One of the most impressive sights at Gettysburg was the Gettysburg Cyclorama, a 360° cylindrical painting by the French artist Paul Philippoteaux, dating back to the 19th century. The Gettysburg Cyclorama – 27 feet (8.2 m) high and 359 feet (109 m) in circumference – exhibited at Gettysburg is one of only two surviving paintings of the original four versions and it’s among the last surviving cycloramas in the United States. It blends the painting, foreground models and life-sized replicas in order to give the viewer the illusion that he or she is right there in the middle of the action – and what a truly amazing effect it has… I had never even heard of a cyclorama before and I was simply blown away !
Last but not least, I would like to share a travel tip with you ! If reading about Gettysburg has made you curious about it and you are thinking about a visit – immerse yourself fully by staying at a local bed and breakfast ! We spent one wonderful night at the historical Lightner Farmhouse and enjoyed the hospitality of the lovely Eileen, who just so happened to be an American History major, too and not only did she dish out the most fascinating bits of local history but also the most delicious home made waffles !
Thank’s Eileen for making our visit to Gettysburg even more memorable and the kids loved your stories and your waffles !! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed reading about our visit to Gettysburg and stay tuned for more because next week we are off to Jefferson’s Monticello… Bridgee xx
(images: bridgee for littlestarblog)